"A New York Treasure" --Village Voice



Is there anything more precious in New York than space? Say you are standing on an avenue–Amsterdam or Columbus. A clutch of vehicles pass by and then there is nothing. You look down the avenue and there is space. For a New Yorker, this is a small luxury because the space is perishable. In another moment, the next procession of cars and trucks come along. But for a moment, the sense of space is beautiful.

Which is why Labor Day Weekend is my favorite holiday of the year in New York. You’ve got space. It is quiet. And soon, that will gone, replaced by returning vacationers, kids ready to go to school, people back to work.

Today is the most acute because now we’re down to a matter of hours before the city music begins again. But this morning, even into the late afternoon, it’s still and calm here in New York. Summer. Corn and tomatoes and long days. Drink it in. Watch some baseball. Listen to some tunes. Or just walk around, feel the space, and enjoy the silence.

Yanks are off today but there are other games on TV all afternoon.

Happy living, y’all.

[Photo Credit: Danielle Hughson]

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1 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Sep 1, 2014 9:03 pm

Nice one, AB. Am sure you've seen this? http://all-that-is-interesting.com/new-york-tokyo-populations Space will become more and more precious as the world's megalopolis' grow & grow.

Here in Tokyo/Yokohama, it's New Year's when the city (slightly) clears out. Always a fun time to walk around and explore without the endless crowds.

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